Arts journalism nationwide has taken a beating during the recession, but a group of Charlotte media outlets including the Observer hopes to help reverse the trend with the aid of a $20,000 grant announced Monday.
The project is one of five across the United States being backed by the National Endowment for the Arts and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The projects are finalists in the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge, which is looking for ways to use technology "to reach new audiences and ... engage people in new ways," said the foundation's vice president, Dennis Scholl, on Monday.
The Charlotte organizations envision working with UNC Charlotte to create the Charlotte Arts Alliance, which would use citizen journalists and students to create arts coverage that would appear across media platforms and in a mobile app. The other media outlets in the project are WCNC-TV; WFAE-FM, the NPR news station; CharlotteViewpoint .org , a civic and cultural magazine; and Qcitymetro.com, a site primarily covering the African-American community. ...Read the full article